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Turns out that my nations great capital can’t quite go a year in big film blockbusters without getting a bit of beating. Chances are then, that Olympus Has Fallen sequel that’s got the slightly disheartening title of London Has Fallen won’t give the city a break either, particularly when Gerard Butler’s neck-snapping, bullet-spitting special agent comes to town.

Having just begun principal photography, details are now out over what sort of action-based escapades Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) will be getting himself into, alongside cement-chinned POTUS, Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart). Have a gander at the official synopsis below, and prepare yourself for when America comes to Great Britain’s aid via an agent so secret, no one even knows he’s actually Scottish.

Gerard Butler again stars as Secret Service agent Mike Banning, alongside Aaron Eckhart as the President of the United States. Also returning are Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman, as Vice President Trumbull, Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett, as Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs, and Academy Award® winner Melissa Leo as Defense Secretary Ruth McMillan.
Babak Najafi (“Snabba Cash II”) directs the thriller from a screenplay by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt (“Olympus Has Fallen”), Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John.
The story begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. However, what starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. Only three people have any hope of stopping it: the President of the United States, his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent who rightly trusts no one.

No disrespect to Mr. Banning but we’ve got 007, so our sh*t is well and truly covered thank you, very much. Even so, the first film was one big bulky mess of fun that bathed in the sweat of John McClane. Here’s hoping London Has Fallen does the same.

Joining Butler and Eckhart for the fun are also Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Jackie Earle Haley, Robert Forster, Sean O'Bryan, Alon Aboutboul, Charlotte Riley, Waleed Zuaiter. There’s a new director in the seat in the form of Babak Najafi, who is taking over from Antoine Fuqua. See how he handles proceedings when it all goes down in London town October 2, 2015.


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